Dirk H. Alander, MD, MHA, FACS named chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Board of Specialty Societies
LAS VEGAS (March 15, 2019)—Pennsylvania orthopaedic surgeon, Dirk H. Alander, MD, MHA, FACS, was named chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) today at the organization’s 2019 Annual Meeting.
The BOS brings together the leaders of musculoskeletal societies to address advocacy, continuing medical education, research, and residency and fellowship issues. It also serves as an advisory entity to the AAOS Board of Directors and promotes unity and collaboration between specialty societies and the Academy.
Dr. Alander is Chief of Quality, Musculoskeletal Institute, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Orthopaedic surgery at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. He is a spine surgery attending at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. His clinical interests include degenerative and traumatic spine disorders, minimally-invasive surgery techniques, patient safety, and health care delivery systems. Dr. Alander earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Rockford. He completed his residency at Grand Rapids Orthopaedic Training Program Grand Rapids, Mich., and a fellowship in spine surgery and spinal cord rehabilitation at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He also received his Master’s in Health Administration from Saint Louis University in 2017.
Dr. Alander has served on numerous AAOS committees and councils, including the Political Action Committee, Council on Advocacy and the BOS, where he most recently served as secretary and chair-elect. He is a past Chair of the Membership Committee. He also held several roles at the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) and served on the boards of directors of ASIA and the Cervical Spine Research Society. He has traveled to multiple locations in China, Central Asia and Africa providing both educational and clinical experience at medical institutions and residency training programs.
With more than 39,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS is the trusted leader in advancing musculoskeletal health. It provides the highest quality, most comprehensive education to help orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals at every career level best treat patients in their daily practices. The AAOS is the source for information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related musculoskeletal health care issues and it leads the health care discussion on advancing quality.
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